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SOCW 3301- Social Welfare: Structure and Process  

Guide to information sources for research on various welfare programs.
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Regulatory and Congressional Sources Print Page

Program Background and Congressional Stance

Program creation and legislative changes:

The best source for a summary of a long-lasting program is a well-written book. The structure is designed to summarize complex topics. There are several excellent full-text ebooks in the database eBook Collection. Search by program name for initial results, then consider adding terms or looking at the Table of Contents. You may also search within each book.

The print Congressional Almanac (Ref. JK1.C66) has annual legislative reports covering significant new and revised legislation. Check the year of program creation for more information. The detail of the action regarding Supplemental Security Income starts on p. 899 of the 1972 volume

The database CQ Weekly will have reports from 1983 to the present on legislative changes, etc.

Law review articles from Legal Collection or LexisNexis Academic can be good sources. These scholarly articles can be quite lengthy.

Program basics:

The official government websites for these programs can be an excellent source. For example, these sites for Supplemental Security IncomeMedicare, Medicaid, and Child Welfare.

Program trends and development

Search the library homepage search box (Discover search), limited to scholarly articles. Use the program name as Subject, and terms like trends, history, controversy, or funding to locate articles. Review articles are particularly helpful.

Congressional opinions:

Enter your zipcode on this page to find your Representative, and chose your state to find your Senators. The person's name is a link to that individual's official page. Search by program name for statements.

The database Congressional Publications has the complete CFR (Code of Federal Regulations), as well as vote records, committee hearings, and more of the minutia of Congress.

The database America's News from Newsbank has newspaper articles and broadcast transcripts for sources from all 50 states. You can search here with the name of your elected official and the topic of concern to find additional public statements.

Statistics and Expenditures

Statistical Abstract of the United States (at the Reference Desk), RAND Texas (poverty rates, demographics, social problems, etc.) and Statistical Insight (national and state - historical data)


Helpful Books

Cover Art
The Politics of Medicaid - Laura Katz Olson
ISBN: 9780231150606
Publication Date: 2010-05-31


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